Japan Interested in Cambodia’s Workforce

AKP Phnom Penh, March 26, 2020 —

Japan has expressed interest in the Cambodian labour market when the country needs around 30,000 foreign skilled workers in the field of building maintenance.

The interest was highlighted in the meeting here this morning between Cambodian Minister of Labour and Vocational Training H.E. Ith Samheng, and a visiting Japanese delegation of Cambodia International Education Support Foundation (CIESF), led by Mr. Hiroshi Horiguchi, Managing Director of Japan Building Maintenance Association (JBMA).

Mr. Hiroshi Horiguchi briefed H.E. Minister on JBMA, saying that the association has 2,800 companies as members, employing about 1 million workers, both Japanese and foreigners. JBMA is needing 30,000 foreign workers, and wants to recruit Cambodian workers, he added.

For his part, H.E. Ith Samheng voiced his support for the recruitment plan and commissioned the general departments concerned to cooperate with JBMA.

Cambodia has so far sent some 15,000 trainees and skilled workers to Japan to work in the areas of agriculture, fisheries, construction, food processing, clothing, elderly care, and so on.

By C. Nika